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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Apr 5, 2011 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Kickin' up some dust

I'm going to have to strenuously disagree with you!

There are some 1969 Dark Stars that are every bit as good as those that follow in 1970-1973.

Garcia's Baroque approach during 1969 made for some incredible Stars! 2/27/69 is quite possibly the greatest Dark Star of all time. And 11/2/69 is every bit as good any of the best from 1972...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-11-02.sbd.miller.32350.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: reviewr Date: Apr 5, 2011 7:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Kickin' up some dust

I love to hear something new, and 11/2/69 was new to me. I just listened to Dark Star through Death Don't. When I first posted this thread I really didn't put a lot of thought into it - it was just my first impression of hearing a '69 show and roughly thinking about all the other shows.
I have now considered things more closely, and I guess I just don't care for '69 that much. '68 seems so much more raw and powerful in comparison and '70 more developed and mature to me.
I still think the Dark Stars in '70 and beyond is wwhen they reach their full potential.
To each his own. Thanks for the 11/2 tip - I loved the St. Stephen> Eleven.